Friday, July 31, 2009

Why Everything Sucks

Break it down for us, Craig Ferguson!

Hat tip to The Live Feed.

Captain Jack Will Get You High Tonight: TORCHWOOD at Comic-Con

One learns that the patience of a week can turn up many of the best Comic-Con video footage, as it begins its slow pour onto YouTube and beyond.

Footage from the various BBC America-sponsored events is now popping up online -- including the TORCHWOOD panel with John Barrowman, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner and Euros Lynn has appeared.

Here's a clip of Barrowman being adorably cheeky and flirty. God I love this guy!!!!

Complete panel parts One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six.

This fan posted another shaky, upclose version of the panel. This one has excellent footage, much less shaky but shot much farther away from the stage (here's a link to part one of five). This youtuber over here just posted TORCHWOOD, DOCTOR WHO, and MIGHTY BOOSH panel vids. And this channel, hosted by the Whedonopolis folks, has the entire TORCHWOOD and DOCTOR WHO panels -- not to mention some press room video with various BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CAPRICA, and V cast/crew.

TRON LEGACY Flynn's Arcade footage

Via SciFi Wire comes this fantastic video shot in the Comic-Con installation for TRON LEGACY, the temporary "Flynn's Arcade." Here you really see how the arcade fronts another room revealing the concept art and model of the lightcycle.


First peeks at the Comic-Con KICK ASS footage!

After much trolling on the internet daily, someone has finally uploaded footage of the KICK ASS Comic-Con panel -- including the feature clips. Hurry up and watch, grab, etc, cuz it won't stay up for long.

The first part, sadly, has audio out-of-synch with picture:

The second part is in synch.

ETA: the above clips have been yanked off of youtube, naturally, but not before other bloggers grabbed 'em, put the first set back in audio synch (YAY), and reposted them here. I've put up my three favorite clips again below.

(If these get pulled down again, let me know, I can upload them for sharing if you like.)

This looks sassy, snarky and over-the-top. Can't wait to see the trailer.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More BSG fun from Comic-Con

Syfy has posted a video of the entire BATTLESTAR GALACTICA / CAPRICA panel from Comic Con 2009 [hat tip to scifiwire]:

ScriptPhD just posted a transcript of two panels that will interest BSG/CAPRICA fans: the Richard Hatch-led BSG panel, the The Science Behind Science Fiction panel with Jane Espenson. Near the end of that post is this nifty bit of info:

ScriptPhD (talking with Jane Espenson): Are you guys going to go into the religious monotheism and where that stems from for the original three students in the pilot (including Zoe the avatar)?

Espenson: Yes, we absolutely will! But there is a lot of that explored with their mentor and school headmistress, who really got them involved with the one god philosophy. But we definitely touch on the idea of where that stemmed from and what are really the roots of the Cylon monotheism culture. Where did that really stem from?

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ausiello interviews

Here are a bunch of terrific interviews Michael Ausiello did with TV folks at Comic-Con:

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD, ANNA PAQUIN, STEPHEN MOYER (TRUE BLOOD) discuss the fans' reaction to season 2, their "love triangle" and where it might be going.

ALAN BALL (TRUE BLOOD) discusses the books, the fandom now, and that "triangle"...He also says he has started working on new scripts for season 3 (despite there not being a renewal announcement, btw), and they may start shooting a few new eps before Christmas 2009! Yay!

ETA: Ausiello has put all his TRUE BLOOD interview bites on this single page together - it now includes clips with Michelle Forbes, Sam Trammel, Nelsan Ellis, Rutina Wesley and Deborah Ann Woll.

ELIZA DUSHKU, JOSS WHEDON (DOLLHOUSE) discuss what is coming in season 2, which just started shooting last week in Los Angeles. (Btw news alert: BATTLESTAR GALACTICA's Jamie Bamber has a guest appearance on the season 2 premiere!) Joss explains the deal with "Epitaph One," the 13th episode of season 1 that is only on DVD, and how the events of that ep relate to season 2. And he also promises the return of a certain character we all know and alert!

LUCY LAWLESS (SPARTACUS) talks about her new show and its OODLES of gratuitous nudity. Bonus: now I know what a merkin is, huzzah!

If you really want to understand Sarah Palin's farewell speech, you need to hear this version.

Because it's a poem.

The bongos. The bongos make it extra-special, don't you think. I actually cannot watch the whole video rght now -- my co-workers think I've gone crazy-pants from all the funny noises I'm making.

ETA: 2 days later...and the Shat is at it again! LOL -

Monday, July 27, 2009

Comic-Con is over and I'm still reading through.

And now we've come...FULL CIRCLE. Joss Whedon <3 TWILIGHT sparkly vamps?
Photo by
Mo Tancharoen

Comic-Con 2009 went out in style yesterday with BBC America panels, lots of people trying to finally buy stuff on the Con exhibitors' floor, and a ONCE MORE WITH FEELING Buffy sing-a-long.

I'm sifting through all the madness now to put up some more big posts this week about everything. In the meantime let me leave you with a bunch of video goodies that have popped up this weekend:

In addition to the TRUE BLOOD panel streamed video from Saturday night, you can now watch fan-made video by this person. Here is part 1 of 6:

(Note for you fans of THE GUILD, she also posted that entire panel apparently.)

Some journalists in that room thought the squeals of delight were at some points up at NEW MOON-levels. Impressive!

Bits and pieces of the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/CAPRICA panel are starting to go online. Last year Syfy had the entire panel video up the week after the con, so I am waiting and hoping they do that again for the best quality video. There are bits and pieces of video, and some photos here, here and here for starters, and lots of fan reports are popping up on the livejournal fansite here. In this interview vid, Edward James Olmos says he just wrapped his final work as director on BSG: THE PLAN this past week...LE SIGH. EJO will apparently be directing an ep of CAPRICA later in the season.

Meanwhile: A moment of silence for BSG's dedicated Line Producer Harvey Frand, who passed away on Friday. RIP. Bear McCreary's Friday night concert apparently was turned into a moving tribute to Mr. Frand, who worked on BSG from start to finish. He was 68.

Here is the trailer for BSG: THE PLAN that was screened on Friday at con, it's slightly different from what has been seen previously.

The Friday Joss Whedon Extravaganza is online here. Haven't viewed that yet so I'm not sure if it's the full 2 hour session or just the DOLLHOUSE hour.

The entire LOST panel is online here. I am not really watching the show anymore but their theatrics are so well-done that it's hard not to appreciate it for pure entertainment value. I will miss Darlton and their crazy antics and fanlovefests!

These are videos of Katee Sackhoff on the 24 panel. I may actually watch that show now; she is playing a data analyst who is also Freddie Prinze Jr.'s fiance. Apparently she's hinted that there is more to her character than first meets the eye. While watching those vids I realized that Freddie is playing Starbuck's fiance on TV -- and is married to Buffy The Vampire Slayer in real life. Whoa!

This is a pricelessly hilarious and wonderful video of what happened when Russell Davies, David Tennant, and John Barrowman introduced the Saturday night DOCTOR WHO and TORCHWOOD screening. Love these men, love them! By the way it apparently has not yet been officially announced, but word on the street is TORCHWOOD will have a forth season - woohoo!

Here's a collection of snippets from Kevin Smith's hilarious Saturday night comedy panel, sort of Smith Unplugged as it were. A sample below: his take on TWIHARDS - leave it to Smith to put this in the correct perspective for the Fanboy Nation. :-D

This guy has posted vids of the entire IRON MAN 2 panel (sorry no footage), and the entire Kevin Smith panel. This guy has a few peeks at the DR. PARNASSUS panel with Terry Gilliam.

And for those of us that missed the IRON MAN 2 footage, which was all the rage with a packed Hall H on Saturday afternoon? These people decided to swede it for us! LOL

Just like they did last year, Entertainment Weekly has a Comic Con section, with photo and video galleries of con attendees. There is a ton of great stuff in there to dig through.

Jimmy Fallon was spotted at con in the press rooms on Saturday chatting with LOST folks and others... so I'd keep an eye on his show this week...

Great Someone To Watch Over Me / BATTLESTAR GALACTICA tee worn by Bear McCreary on Thursday - it has those very important notes on it...
Photo by

Saturday, July 25, 2009

TRUE BLOOD Comic Con panel

Well the TRUE BLOOD panel just ended, and HBO has already launched the exclusive trailer they screened there for the rest of us to watch, yay:

If you can't watch above, try this YouTube version

I have a few other comments that I left over on this LJ community. One other thing I forgot to post over there: Charlaine Harris confirmed tonight what we'd been hearing earlier in the week, she has signed on to write 3 more books. Yeehaw!

Here is a ZIP archive of screencaps of a great set of panel live-tweet feeds -- including HBO's official twitter and some other journalists who were in attendance. More panel reporting from Watch With Kristin, HitFlix and Zap2It. This Eric fan did a marvelous job of screencapping all of Alexander's shots in the trailer...and the reveal of the Queen herself, Evan Rachel Wood. (Note what is on the couch behind naughty, this show! LOL)

I was able to watch about 75% of the panel on this livestream, which seems to be archived. It's about 35 minutes long. Video is awful but more of the audio is great. Enjoy! ETA: Here is the video of the panel that I watched, it's embeddable now! Whee!

Live-tweeting Joss Whedon at Comic-Con

I have once again collected a group of live-tweet pages from several journalists who were at the 2-hour block of Joss Whedon's panels yesterday with Eliza Dushku, Fran Kranz and Dichen Lachman. Something to tide you over till all the vids and coverage are online!

Just remember when you are viewing these, that the pages go backwards in time...the toppermost tweet on page 1 of a multi page list is the LAST tweet of the day.

Here is a ZIP file of all the tweets.

If you missed it, I did the same thing for some folks at the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA panels, posted here.)

(photo of DOLLHOUSE panel by popcultref)

Comic-Con round up: Day One (Thursday)

The dust has settled on SDCC Day One... There seems to be a ton of agreement in the film blogosphere that that DISTRICT 9, KICK ASS, NEW MOON, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, and AVATAR got huge responses to their new footage (or in the case of DISTRICT 9, an actual screening)...while THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS made plenty of fans interested in seeing more. There's an interesting debate going on after the fact about which film sneak peek footage got the absolute best response of the day, Kick-Ass versus Avatar.

Now a run down of tons of cool stuff from SDCC Day One! Dig in!

Early in the day, the teaser site for Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard's movie CABIN IN THE WOODS went live. This movie isn't even at the con, and it doesn't come out till early 2010, but you can sign up there for updates by email.

As people pick through the NEW MOON web site which launched this week with tons of content, here's a few nice shots from a very key scene in the film.

I loved the new 2012 poster that premiered Thursday, heh.

WHIP IT girls hit the streets of San Diego! The trailer for this film is definitely my favorite so far this year!

Rotten Tomatoes was collecting tons of random news all day that you might find cool.

Hitfix did a cool live blog of the Thursday morning TWILIGHT: NEW MOON print press conference. Here is Cinematical's take, and the LA Times'.

MTV put up a piece early in the day Thursday: San Diego Comic-Con For People Who Don't Read Comic Books.

THIS JUST IN: the cult UK comedy/scifi series SPACED is now on Hulu! I may finally watch it! (

A lot of non-TWILIGHT fans (and apparently a few fans too!) were not being too kind to Kristen Stewart about her look today -- Minor Threat tee shirt, "mullet"-like hair do dyed jet black, red converse, and not that much smiling. But those of us who love the lady know that's all because she's waist-deep in filming her part as Joan Jett in THE RUNAWAYS biopic (does anyone know if that's the title?)... Check out these hot photos of her on set during filming recently. Wowza.

(Come on now, how great does she look if you're a Jett/Runaways fan?! More here. Btw apparently that shirt is Joan Jett's favorite punk album cover.)

Another kindof off-topic: here are some vids of the great Julie Taymor discussing her progress on the Spiderman broadway musical.

MSN Movies blogger Don Kaye went to the HOBBIT panel Thursday morning.

Hmm, The Underwire says there will be a True Blood "special series reveal" surprise at Saturday SDCC Happy Hour!

Meanwhile, the official show twitter of TRUE BLOOD (@TrueBloodHBO) said this on Thursday: "Secret: At Saturday's panel, we're releasing an exclusive True Blood Comic-Con trailer - it's a sneak peek at the rest of the season!" Color me bouncy, and let's hope lots of fans videotape it!

Here is a great blog for lovers of The Baltar aka James Callis. He's doing signings all weekend even though he isn't on any panels.

The ALICE IN WONDERLAND panel with Tim Burton apparently rocked. Johnny Depp showed up (!!!) and people loved the teaser trailer so much they showed it 3x in a row. Now that trailer is officially online in all its glory, per below. I learned something via Anne Thompson I didn't know about Burton's adaptation: it "takes elements from both the Lewis Carroll classic and Through the Looking Glass, including lines and imagery from The Jabberwocky and "weaves it into a story that had movement and emotion to it." Go Tim Go!

According to comments during the BATTLESTAR GALACTICA panel on Thursday, Bear McCreary is filming his HOB concerts this week and may do a live release. Also, he'd love to perform the BSG music at the Vancouver Opera House --where the show's Opera House scenes were filmed. Causing some fun trouble at that panel above, BSG writer Michael Taylor said he isn't certain the Lords of Kobol were real. Canon DRAAAAAMAAAA!

Taylor also apparently said that the producers of his show VIRTUALITY are trying to get a VIRTUALITY series going as an international co-production, a la Meteor & Defying Graity. Cross your fingers!

Many of my favorite chuckle-worthy tweets of the day were inspired by an obvious source:

"@denisemartin: Clip for New Moon -- Jacob removes his shirt, girls next to me start convulsing. Move over, RPattz."

"@jeffcannata: Wow. The clip from Twilight is quite literally porn for 13 year old girls. There's no acting, just posing and pouting."

"@jamesrocchi: The Burger King Twilight Crown is this year's Comic-Con Ironic Accessory ..."

"@JHoffman6: Sassy African-American woman just sang Aretha Franklin to the Twilight panel. Awesome!"

"@celebuzz: Kristen just said that Joan Jett gave her the Minor threat Tshirt she's wearing because it is Joan's fav album cover!!"

Let's be clear here now: I am a Meyer and TWILIGHT fan, but not of the squealing-OMG-heissofuckinggorgeous variety. And I enjoy a good chuckle (and sparkle). :-P

Speaking of THAT panel, here is some coverage of the NEW MOON panel from Thursday afternoon: G4's liveblog, a 7-part full video, more great panel coverage at this fansite, interviews with cast after the panel and at the evening screenings, an EW backstage video interview with Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Chris Weitz. There is TONS more here, here, and here for you Twihards. :-)

This guy twittered that Daniel Day Lewis is doing a voice on ROBOT CHICKEN. Hilarious! Anyone know if it's really true though?

At the Female Power Icons panel, Sigourney Weaver said MTV called ALIEN's Ripley the 2nd biggest badass after Clint Eastwood... but "I think she could take him." Heh. Also, Zoey Saldana said the writers of STAR TREK 12 "are germinating some very interesting ideas." Hmm.

A tweet today from Eliza Dushku: "Joss is still awesome, Amy Acker & I may make out nxt ep, & enticing Tahmoments lurk ahead post Comicon..!" WHEE

In great news this week: EW's Ausiello has a quote on his spoilers page from Russell T. Davies about TORCHWOOD: "I’m fairly confident the series [will continue] in some shape or form"...HUZZAH! (WARNING: spoilers for tons of other shows on that link)

Here are the clips from Terry Gilliam's THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS that were shown at Con. I remained interested. You can also get a neat description of the film from the guy who wrote this great Vanity Fair piece on Heath Ledger that just published last month.

Apparently the TRON 2 panel was great. Not much footage to show yet. Yesterday the studio released hi-res gorgeous online versions of the test footage with Jeff Bridges to tide us over till 2010. The new movie apparently just wrapped shooting and has A YEAR of special effects work to go. Here's a written description of the footage screened, which was completely different from the test footage shown at last year's con. Oh and the final title? "TRON LEGACY". Film is coming out in 2010.

There was some fun little TRON LEGACY viral hijinks released earlier this week, with a payoff that gave out Flynn's Arcade tokens to fans and opened a full-fledged 1980s video arcade at con for the weekend! Too fun...I'm feeling nostalgic watching those videos!

Here is another description of the footage from AVATAR. Filmmaker James Cameron brought the 25-minute reel he's been showing to sales agents and other biz folks for 1-2 months now. I am not reading these descriptions really; I haven't been very interested in the film to date, but now I am (especially after reading things like this; if JC gets the Big Ideas across along with the action, this could be something).

There were a zillion tweets about how great the KICK ASS footage looked, they showed a trailer and some clips -- for some reason none of it is online yet. (ETA: this might be because the film has no U.S. distributor.) I'll keep trying to update you all.

By the by, both KICK-ASS and Joss Whedon's CABIN IN THE WOODS will have film tie-in books published by Titan Books, which has a great blog about it all.

I didn't stay up late enough Thursday night to hear the reactions to the screening of TRICK R TREAT, the press event with clips from JENNIFER'S BODY, or the screening of DISTRICT 9, but SciFiWire put a reaction to the latter up the next morning:

"...the consensus among a small group of viewers on Thursday night was that District 9 is the sci-fi movie to beat. We can't give a formal review at this point, but we can tell you that the movie is original and unexpected, with a gritty look and visceral feel that deftly mixes complex visual effects with the grim reality of a South African slum and rocking action with deep character development. The movie combines social commentary, satire and splattery R-rated sci-fi action." [Warning: this article is slightly spoilery, but not too bad.]

After the screening some lucky press bastards hung out with the DISTRICT 9 this guy. He liked the movie. There are a metric TON of DISTRICT 9 reactions up by now (Saturday morning), so just do a bit of poking around. I for one have already watched so many commercials, viral videos and whatnot that I really don't WANT to know any more till the film actually comes out (August 14).

Friday, July 24, 2009


An intense, gory first look at Starz's new series which premieres January 2010. This looks like something we fans of HBO's ROME and films like 300 and GLADIATOR will adore!

CABIN IN THE WOODS teaser posters

This has nothing to do with Comic-Con, other than MGM decided to release it this week. The MGM panel apparently made no mention of this film, the latest coming from Joss Whedon and CLOVERFIELD's Drew Goddard. These are hilarious... I hadn't realized it was going to be this silly, but...not really a surprise, is it. ;-)

9 minute preview of THE PRISONER miniseries

Here is the 9-minute video shown at today's Comic-Con panel for AMC's miniseries remake of THE PRISONER, starring Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel. Premieres November 2009.

Live-tweeting the BSG panels

I made some screengrabs of a bunch of folks who live-twittered the two BATTLESTAR GALACTICA-related panels at Comic-Con: today's big BSG/CAPRICA extravaganza with Ron Moore, David Eick, Jane Espenson, Edward James Olmos and Esai Morales, and yesterday's Richard Hatch led panel with Michael Taylor, Kevin Grazier and Bear McCreary. The grabs are PNG and JPEG image files.

Here's a ZIP file of it all if you're interested.

Meanwhile... off topic but fun, a fanboy happy photo by @ThatChrisGore:

The only Comic-Con KICK-ASS footage I can find right now: this bit of the panel:

...and this very funny LA Times interview where the stars of the film, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Clark Duke, are made to interview each other, then interview each other in character, then interview each other in character as Robert Pattinson. Bravos all around.

Wish I could find some vids of the actual trailer and footage they showed yesterday -- but nothing yet! Everyone loved the footage apparently. Let me know if you find anything.

NEW M00N SDCC clips online!

Hurry up folks, I doubt these will stay up for much longer...

Clip 1

Clip 2

Discounting the annoying squee noises and the utterly gratuitous shirtless Jacob moment, this all looks very promising. It's quite Big Hollywood in style, not as refreshingly indie as the first film...but it looks good. Go here to see clips in larger formats.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lucy Frakkin Lawless

Our first glimpse of Lucy Lawless' character on the new Starz show SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, which airs January 2010:

Um. WOOOOOOOW. (Source) Also, check out this first blog post written about the show by head writer & producer Steven S. DeKnight (of BUFFY, ANGEL, DOLLHOUSE reknown)...The Comic-Con SPARTACUS panel is on Friday. And they have a twitter.

Here are a few other tidbits from the front end of Comic-Con madness...

A viral poster for Roland Emmerich's destructo-p0rn flick 2012; several sites and a twitter feed are listed.

Just in time for Comic-Con, the TWILIGHT: NEW MOON official film site has been updated with lots of new photos and stuff.

You can preview some of the items that will be available at next summer's Official LOST Prop and Costumes Auction, at booth 315. The auction is next May.

Probably the funniest thing you are going to read this week by anyone NOT going to Comic-Con. (If you don't know, this guy was the showrunner for TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.)

A few framegrabs from the accidentally leaked ALICE IN WONDERLAND trailer that is out there on the net today. The HD final will be online tomorrow, apparently...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Comic-Con tidbits from Variety

Trade mag Variety has posted several pieces today about Comic-Con and there are some fun tidbits throughout, including:

"For many showbizzers, the fan experience is so refreshingly positive compared to dealing with mainstream media, talent have to be dragged away from the floor (much to the surprise of their handlers)." [ Me: Awwwww....LOL ]

Rumors are "swirling about possible appearances by Jim Carrey and Denzel Washington..."


"While Twilight star Rob Pattinson will not do backstage press interviews at Comic-Con this week for New Moon, he and co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner will participate in an off-site press conference in San Diego early Thursday morning. That's how Summit is handling huge demand for the film's stars, who will also attend a Hall H panel later Thursday afternoon at the San Diego Convention Center. Fans are expected to line up overnight to gain entrance to that panel." (source)

"A select crowd of Web writers will get to grill Peter Jackson in an intimate post-District 9 screening mixer at Comic-Con..." (source)

"Thursday night, Summit is staggering 15 screenings of Twilight at the Pacific Gaslamp Theaters, with different stars popping in to do intros." [ Me: 15 FREAKIN SCREENINGS. WHOA. ]

"At Paramount's booth, fans can be photographed at the helm of the Enterprise, hang with galactic green girls and enter to win a limited-edition Captain's chair to tie in with the DVD and Blu-ray debut of Star Trek."

"Focus Features will affix QR codes to downtown pedicabs. Snapping the code by cameraphone unlocks one of four exclusive messages from the Tim Burton-produced toon 9."

"WB will unleash a 6-foot Giant Booger Monster made of green slime from Shorts, not far from the Where the Wild Things Are-themed 'ultimate fort.'"



Via CHUD this morning comes news that Disney has set up a Facebook competition to allow some lucky fans who are NOT at Comic-Con to get an early look at the work-in-progress trailer for Tim Burton's new adapatation of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. I'm excited!

Go over to CHUD for details on how to enter and a gander at a bunch of lovely new character posters...

Monday, July 20, 2009

San Diego Comic-Con 2009: A Preview

Ah, the wonders of San Diego Comic-Con...they are upon us in just a few days now. I hope you will follow me down the geekedrabbit hole by keeping an eye on this blog, watching my Twitter, and/or subscribing to my FriendFeed and my SDCC FriendFeed Room to keep track of tons of great stuff out of the con.

My absolute toppity-top list of things I'll be tracking are these items below, which I've listed somewhat in order of importance and/or predicted entertainment value:





Joss Whedon 2 hour block
24 with Katee Sackhoff

Tim Burton's appearances for ALICE IN WONDERLAND and 9






That's the toppermost, but below is a list of EVERYTHING that might be interesting to track. Hope you will wade in with us! See you on the other side.


TV pilot previews: V and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES

Ever since we caught V's terrific upfronts trailer, I've been excited. Let's hope this one pays off. I suspect we shall require 3-4 eps to be sure. As for the VAMPIRE DIARIES...well...this promo ad is the picture that says 1000 words, n'est-ce que pas? A short day means very few negatives, natch. But the potential for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES to disappoint even this happy vampire lover is large. Perhaps only the tweens will love it. We shall see.


Hall H is screening 3D footage for the first time ever this year. That's a win unto itself...and one that none of us homebound plebians can share. So I hope some bloggers and fans will let us live vicariously through their prose. Either way, the 11am Disney 3D panel includes Tim Burton's first time at SDCC with his new film ALICE, Robert Zemeckis's first SDCC panel, and the long awaited new peek at TRON 2, which created a massive sensation at last year's con with unexpected and awesome preview footage featuring Jeff Bridges.

Disney is also hosting a second animation panel at 12:45 today with Pixar's John Lasseter and another con virgin, the great Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, who's newest film PONYO is about to come out stateside.

Kristen Bell is back for the ASTRO BOY panel this morning. I don't give a damn about ASTRO BOY, but I do love me some Bell. Hopefully she'll gracefully Twitter away during con. panel on THE HOBBIT (10:30) promises to "take you behind the scenes of the latest news, announcements, and rumors pertaining to the Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro production." If there really is some scoop at the con that isn't given away during Peter Jackson's panels and interviews, maybe a fan can unearth it here for us.

The makers of THE MIDDLEMAN are putting on a Cast Reunion and Table Read of the final (unproduced) ep at 11:15 - I didn't watch this show, but I know a lot of you enjoyed it. What a clever way to feed the faithful. I'm sure it'll be big fun for fans.

The QUANTUM QUEST panel will be nerdalicious, to be sure -- but I have to say this sounds intriguing: "A 3D, CGI Large Format film that combines beautiful animated sequences with actual space imagery captured during seven ongoing NASA and NASA/ESA space missions. Featuring a stellar voice cast that includes Neil Armstrong, Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Amanda Peet, Robert Picardo, Jason Alexander, Tom Kenny, Sandra Oh, Brent Spiner, James Earl Jones, Williams Shatner, Mark Hamill, Doug Jones, Abigail Breslin and Gary Graham, Quantum Quest has been endorsed by the X Prize Organization, the International Space University, Challenge Center for Space Science Education, and the Young Astronauts Council." (12:00, Ballroom 20)

The first BATTLESTAR GALACTICA-related panel this weekend is the annual Richard Hatch love and wackyness fest at 12:30 in Room 6A. This year's announced guests include BSG/CAPRICA/VIRTUALITY writer/producer Michael Taylor, and annual guests BSG/CAPRICA composer Bear McCreary and BSG/CAPRICA/VIRTUALITY science advisor Kevin Grazier. SDCC schedule says they'll be screening "the new BG 30th trailer"...anyone know what that is?

And don't forget that Bear McCreary has concerts this week at the San Diego House of Blues on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with very special guest hosts! In addition to the announced cast guests, according to Katee Sackhoff's official website, she'll be there too to perform on stage with Bear as she did at the Los Angeles show earlier this summer.

DANTE'S INFERNO panel (12:30, Room 8) - look, I'm no gamer...but these guys are turning THE DIVINE COMEDY into a videogame and an animated feature? Why the heck not! Apparently the filmmakers will be premiering a trailer at the panel.

Speaking of "Dante"...Joe Dante will be pimping his new "3D thriller" THE HOLE today. I'm mildly curious. (12:45, Hall H)'s WONDER WOMEN: FEMALE POWER ICONS panel (1:15, Ballroom 20), and a panel with filmmaker Shinya Tsukamoto about his plans for a third TETSUO feature (1:00, Room 32AB) are happening at the same time. Something for everyone! I for one, having a vagina and all, would be in the room with ALIEN/AVATAR's Sigourney Weaver and LOST/V's Elizabeth Mitchell. I mean -- come on. Wonder who's the mod this year for the wimmin panel (last year was Kevin Smith, a very, very odd choice...)

Starting at 1:45 in Hall H is Summit's big preview panel -- which opens with even more Kristen Bell and her ASTRO BOY...and ends with Fangirl Extravaganza TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON panel. Via Twitter several fansites have said they know for a fact (from talent reps) that Pattinson, Stewart and Lautner will all attend. I'm paying a lot more attention to the sparkly vampires now than I did last year, since this spring I too succumbed to Meyer's teen wet dream. The room will undoubtably be soaked. Heh.

By the way if you are a Twihard counting the minutes till the panel vids hit YouTube, you might want to check out HitFix and Rotten Tomatoes, they are unspooling a TON of NEW MOON set visit details this week. also has some great new material. If you take a look at the week's posts from this, this, and this twitter feed, you'll see most of it.

I'll admit it here and now: I DO NOT GIVE TWO SHATS ABOUT AVATAR. Don't hate dah player, hate dah game, man. I'm sure I'll end up seeing the movie when it comes out, so take a chill pill boys.

For you DVD nuts out there who can't (or refuse to try to) get into Hall H till after the AVATAR panel, or have no interest in the BURN NOTICE panel happening right now in Ballroom 20 -- the guys from the great site Digital Bits are doing a panel at 2:30 in Room 7AB. Hopefully they'll have some cool news, maybe show a few clips or something?

ROBOT CHICKEN's panel starts at 3:00 in Room 6A. They were one of the greatest live panels I ever saw at NY Comic Con a few years back. Also look out for clips from their new stop-motion series TITAN MAXIMUM which premieres on Adult Swim this fall. If you are a fan of these nutty folks, I also suggest you 1) follow their twitter and 2) go to their Skate Party Tour dates; the first one is this Saturday night at SDCC!

Once again, Bill Plympton is doing a panel and screening clips. According to the sched, all attendees also get a free Plympton drawing! (3:00, Room 5AB)

Terry Gilliam is brining his latest film THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS at Con, and hopefully we shall have a thousand fanboy accounts of the panel, the film, and any glimpses we get of Heath Ledger's final role. Parnassus also stars Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer, Lily Cole and Andrew Garfield; it remains without a US distributor, btw, and fans can keep tabs on it via the official site, Twitter, and this good fansite. (4:30, Hall H)

Let me also admit here: I don't watch DEXTER. AT this point it has become one of those shows that I know I'll watch over some insane 3-week period, on DVD, once it's done. (Yeah that and THE WIRE... I know, I *know*!!!) So I'm not going to keep any eyes on the DEXTER panel -- but I suspect many of my readers will. Let me do my sweet little DEXTER tangents: TWILIGHT SAGA screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg is on the panel...and I am getting pretty psyched to see GAMER mainly because of Michael C. Hall's bad guy! Hee. (5:00, Ballroom 20)

I'm sort of fascinated with REN & STIMPY mastermind John Kricfalusi, despite the fact that he hasn't really *done* anything in the past decade to earn my fascination. What will happen at this panel? Does anyone know what he's up to? Anyhow I hope full video somehow makes its way onto YouTube. (5:45, Room 6BCF)

STARDUST was snarky good adult fantasy fun, enough so to keep me curious about Matthew Vaughn's next project: an adaptation of the comic book KICK-ASS. I am SO not the demo for this movie. (5:45, Hall H)

Discover Magazine's Phil Plait is doing his 2nd year of the SCIENCE BEHIND SCIENCE FICTION panel -- and this year he's got even more guests including BSG/CAPRICA/BUFFY/DOLLHOUSE writer/producer Jane Espenson. (6:00, Room 6DE)

If I was actually in San Diego today, by this time of the day I'd be ready for my first scotch...but there are still two more cool things to peep! The nerdiest panel of the day IMO: THE ANTHROPLOGY OF STAR TREK (6:30, Room 30AB), and the only Cannes Jury Prize winner you will be seeing at this year's Con: Park Chan-wook's vampire drama THIRST (6:30, Hall H). Also see tomorrow 9pm for a full screening of THIRST.

Afterhours promises several fun events:
-- the obligatory DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-A-LONG BLOG screening -- with song! (8:00, Room 6A)
-- a screening of TWILIGHT with some of the cast introducing the film; I predict a riot...of joy.
-- The first of HBO's nightly TRUE BLOOD happy hour parties is tonight and I'm sure there will be lots of swag giveaways, TruBlood guzzling, and fangbanging to be had by all.
-- If I'm reading the Con sched correctly, tonight's screening of Michael Dougherty's TRICK 'R TREAT, which has a great cast and a fun trailer, will include a pre-screening panel moderated by AICN's Harry Knowles with Dougherty and some of his cast including TRUE BLOOD's Anna Paquin and BSG's Tahmoh Penikett? Really? Very cool if true. This film is apparently going straight-to-DVD and VOD this fall (9:30, Ballroom 20).
-- If you are one of the special invited guests of Fox publicity, you might attend a preview of some footage from Karyn Kusama/Diablo Cody's film JENNIFER'S BODY with Megan Fox. There is apparently also an afterparty. A hot ticket to be sure!


Bright and early to Hall H folks! Or you will NEVER get in there... (or, are they clearing the hall after each panel? I've heard that too.) 10am brings the Warner Bros. film panel and their promise of glimpses of the long-awaited Spike Jonze adaptation of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; Richard Kelly's latest film THE BOX; the first we've seen from The Hughes Brothers in 8 long years, BOOK OF ELI with Denzel Washington; Megan Fox's other new flick JONAH HEX, starring Josh Brolin; the remake of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET; and SHERLOCK HOLMES starring Robert Downey Jr.

Perhaps you didn't get into Hall H? Or you are a maniacal fan of the sci-fi show FARSCAPE? Then I assume you'll be reporting for us on the 10:15 "Farscape 10th Anniversary Panel" with Brian Henson, Rockne O'Bannon, Ben Browder and Claudia Black. The con schedule mentions something about some "exciting news" coming during this panel. Lovely.

Those of us eagerly awaiting AMC's miniseries reimaging of THE PRISONER hope there will be news or at least some new footage from today's 11:30 panel which promises to include Jim Caviezel, Jamie Campbell-Bower (The Twilight Saga: New Moon), Lennie James and the creators of the series. I'm very disappointed Ian McKellen isn't attending. Whatever.

Ditto for the new ABC series FLASH FORWARD...I'm getting conflicting info about this panel though - are they screening footage, or the entire pilot here? Anyway I'm just happy to see Joseph Fiennes getting some good work at last and hope this show pulls us in, the premise is mighty enticing. Panel is also promising a surprise guest...(11:45, Room 6A)

At 11:45 in Ballroom 20 comes the combo BATTLESTAR GALACTICA/CAPRICA panel - featuring our franchise-masters Moore & Eick, newly-annointed CAPRICA mistress Jane Espenson...and in a very clever move, Bill Adama (Edward James Olmos) alongside his grandfather Joseph Adama (CAPRICA's Esai Morales). Since Olmos is also the director of BSG: THE PLAN (coming October 27!), this is a perfect guest list! Though I am sorry Polly Walker and Paula Malcomson won't be there too...maybe next year for the CAPRICA season 2 panel! ::fingers crossed::

SDCC will bring our first-ever glimpse I hope of footage from the new Starz series SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. Lucy Lawless is on this panel and apparently in the show in some way... the creatives behind the show include Steven S. DeKnight (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Rob Tapert (Evil Dead 1-2, Drag Me to Hell). I'm trying to manage my expectations. (12:45, Room 6BCF)

Again, I'm no gamer, but I suspect G4: Attack of The Show's 1:30 panel today will be fun. Something to do if you're shut out of other, larger rooms, I suppose... (Room 5AB)

The first of several "below-the-line" film/TV crew panels is happening at 2:00 today. This one is for costume illustrators and concept & storyboard artists ("The Design Process for Film and Television"), and promises to include William David Hogan, director and storyboard artist (The Orphan), costume illustrators from CDG, Local 892: Robin Richesson (Iron Man), Phillip Boutte, Jr. (Jonah Hex), Felipe Sanchez (Green Hornet), Christian Cordella (GI Joe), and Brain Valenzuela (Star Trek 2009), as well as illustrators and artists from Local 800: Jeff Errico (Burlesque), Dawn Brown (Star Trek 2009), Ricardo Delgado (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and Josh Nizzi (Transformers Revenge of the Fallen). (Room 32AB)

At 2:15 in Ballroom 20 is the 24 panel. I couldn't care less about this show but I need my Katee Sackhoff fix and I'll take it any way I can get it! There is afterall a 2% chance some fan will convince Sutherland and Sackhoff to yell at each other onstage in character as Bauer and Starbuck, isn't there?

Speaking of a Katee fix, her Facebook, Official Web Site, and YouTube Channel are full of great stuff for diehard fans. Here's a great Q&A she recently recorded using fan questions, in which she discusses the fate of her dead pilot for LOST AND FOUND:

Tim Burton's second appearance on stage at con happens at 2:30 today when he joins the panel for 9, a film he is co-producing with WANTED/DAY WATCH director Timur Bekmambetov. (Hall H)

I do not watch the show BONES. But I guarantee this panel will be 100% CUTE. (3:00, Ballroom 20)

Attention FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS fans: Adrianne Palicki is supposed to be at the 3:45 Sony Pictures panel to promote her film LEGION with Paul Bettany and Tyrese Gibson! We'll see if she gets a word in...(3:45, Hall H) And if you're keeping score, this is actually the second FNL-related person doing a panel today; producer David Hudgins is also here pimping his new TV show pilot PAST LIFE (2:15, Room 6A).

Also on that Sony panel in Hall H: the long-awaited, thoroughly over-buzzed sci-fi film DISTRICT 9. Keep your expectations realistic and enjoy, the film looks pretty fun...

Back to back today with this Sony panel is the start of a 2-hour block of Joss Whedon goodness in Ballroom 20. Choices, choices. Some days it pays to pick a damned side, TV or movies, eh? :-) Anyhow, Joss Hour 1 is DOLLHOUSE with Eliza Dushku and their patented "no-holes-barred Q&A" stylings. This should be a lot of fun given that the DH "missing episode" #113 Epitaph One is screening at the con, while season 2 has just started shooting in LA. Let's pray for a surprise appearance by Tahmoh Penikett! Joss Hour 2 will apparently be about his upcoming Dark Horse Comics projects.

Also happening now, if you get shut out of the big rooms, is the next below-the-line panel. This time it's for Production Designers, who are certainly a crucial part of making SF&F genre work what we all want it to be... appearing today supposedly are Stuart Blatt (Dollhouse), Scott Chambliss (Star Trek), Nathan Crowley (The Dark Knight), and Alex McDowell (Watchmen). Moderating the panel is John Muto (Terminator 2 3D). (4:30, Room 30AB)

At 6:15 in Ballroom 20 is this year's "TV Guide Magazine: Sci Fi Hot List" panel. Last year's was apparently sort of dry, and I never found any really decent coverage of the panel or any video clips. Guests this year include Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Scott Peters (executive producer, V), Rebecca Romijn (Eastwick), Kevin Williamson (executive producer, The Vampire Diaries), Scott Wolf (V), John Cho (Flash Forward), Marc Guggenheim (producer, Flash Forward), Allison DuBois (the real person behind Medium)... "and others."

On the other hand, if you can get yourself back into Hall H at 6:30, you are probably in for a treat. This panel, "Entertainment Weekly: The Visionaries— A discussion with iconic filmmakers James Cameron and Peter Jackson on the Future of Film," will undoubtably be a con highlight.

OK, jesus - go get some dinner already! I'm exhausted just typing all this up...

But after dinner look out for another TRUE BLOOD bar party... and if you can get in, a 9:00pm screening of THIRST with Q&A to follow with director Park Chan-Wook, moderated by Joe Lynch from G4.


Drag yourselves out of bed yet again and take your hangover cures, we aren't done yet people.

If you haven't heard yet, someone has turned the delightful book that became a delightful movie THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK into a TV show called EASTWICK. At 10:15 this morning you can see the pilot in Room 6A.

Or, if comics about angst-ridden vampires floats your boat, you could attend the ANGEL/IDW comics panel, with comics writers Brian Lynch, Juliet Landau (yes, THAT Juliet Landau!), and Peter David. (10:00, Room 7AB)

Or, if SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS is more your style on Saturday mornings, there's a panel to "celebrate 10 years of happiness with the world's most beloved sponge." And with Tom Kenny, Paul Tibbit and Vincent Waller all present I imagine that'll be a great ruckus. Ask silly, silly questions please! (10:30, Room 6DE)

Or, you could go get in line for the LOST panel that starts at 11:00...but I'm kindof assuming that if you didn't get in that line about 6 hours ago, you may be screwed. ;-) I have stopped watching LOST (yet again; I always catch back up eventually), but their SDCC panels are always a delight even for the more casual viewer. (11:00am, Hall H)

And here's yet another alternative for those of you who aren't trying to get into Hall H this morning: TWO HOURS OF SETH MACFARLANE! FOLLOWED BY TWO HOURS OF MATT GROENING! That is 4 solid hours of non-stop silliness in Ballroom 20, yowza. Now I realize that last week's disturbing FUTURAMA news may create a stir at the panel...but lordy, I love me some "controversy" mixed with really, really silly voice acting. (FAMILY GUY 11:15; THE CLEVELAND SHOW 12:00; FUTURAMA 1:00; THE SIMPSONS 1:45; Ballroom 20)

JAMES PUREFOY AT COMIC CON. That is all. (SOLOMON KANE panel, 12:15, Hall H)

It's Saturday at SDCC, and this is a big big day for "cosplayers" at con. Tonight is the huge Masquerade and Party. This afternoon offers a place for Steampunk cosplayers to get started: a Steampunk Meetup, 1:00, Room 24A. (When in godsname will you have time to run BACK to your hotel room and change into your Maryann With Claws outfit for tonight's TRUE BLOOD-sponsored Masquerade ball?)

Back in Hall H at 1:30, comes the panel for Mike (OFFICE SPACE, IDEOCRACY) Judge's latest film EXTRACT. I am really looking forward to this movie, and hope the panel with Judge, Jason Bateman and Kristen Wiig is fun too.

Also at 1:30pm, if you feel it's worth it: do you LEAVE THE CONVENTION CENTER to see the next new ep of GLEE a few months early? Hmm. If you're thinking yes, head on over to the Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront.

If you REALLY love FARSCAPE, then you have to love the comic books too. Um...right? If your answer is yes, there's a 2:30 panel for the BOOM! Studios' best-selling, sold-out Farscape line of comics, with Farscape creator and comics writer Rockne O'Bannon and writer Keith R. A. DeCandido. Again the con promises "big announcements" at this one... (Room 10)

If you weren't around yet on Wednesday, today at 2:45 you get another chance to see the pilot for V, and a cast/crew Q&A that includes Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost), Morris Chestnut (The Cave), Joel Gretsch (The 4400), Morena Baccarin(Firefly), and Scott Wolf (Go).


THE BEST APOCALYPSE/DESTRUCTION-P0RN WE'LL BE SEEING THIS YEAR: Roland Emmerich's 2012. You know they're gonna premiere some new shots of some other part of Los Angeles, Paris or New York City getting destroyed! Yesssss. ::fistpump:: I really am not sure what it says about me that I find all this footage so damned cool. Also showing during this panel: ZOMBIELAND! (2:45, Hall H)

[FYI you haven't really SEEN this trailer
until you've watched it in HD.
Just sayin'.

There is a 3:30 panel with Ray Bradbury today in Room 6BCF, for you hard sci-fi fans out there. I'm sure this will be an oasis of calm in the day's chaos.

Also at 3:30 today is the next below-the-line panel; this one is for Costume Designers, and promises to include Sanja Hays (The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), Ellen Mirojnick (G.I. Joe), Mary Vogt (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Rita Ryack (Hairspray), and Ha Nguyen (Priest). (Room 30AB)

The rest of the panel schedule today is a menu of IMPOSSIBLY HARD CHOICES for anyone actually at the con...and for us couch potatoes at home, A DELICIOUS SMORGASBORD of stuff to keep our eyes open for out on the interwebgridnets:

At 4:00pm geeks need to choose between panels for IRON MAN 2, FRINGE, and a TV Writers panels all at the same time. ScarJo at Con! Crazed, mystery-obsessed FRINGE-ers! And a list of TV writers that includes: Dave Simkins (Warehouse 13, Blade: The TV Series, Dresden Files), Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman, Day One), Charles Murray (V, Criminal Minds, Castle), Sarah Watson (The Unknowns, Parenthood), Gabrielle Stanton (Vampire Diaries, Moonlight), Steve Kriozere (NCIS, Dead & Deader, V.I.P.), Steve Melching (The Clone Wars, The Batman), Matthew Federman (Human Target, Jericho), Ashley E. Miller (Fringe, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Castle)! The vidclips I saw of the writers' panel last year were really a hoot. What a tough call...

And if for some depressing reason you cannot get into ANY OF THE ABOVE - le sigh - check this out: the creator of CSI, webmasters of LONELYGIRL15, and actor Michael Ironside at a 4:30 panel for their new project LEVEL 26: DARK ORIGINS! Why not? (Room 5AB)

The 5-o'clock hour brings another deadly choice -- TRUE BLOOD, Kevin Smith Unplugged, or Pop Candy's fan meetup? Tough...I guess in the end I'd recommend TRUE BLOOD, because 1) I'm a maniacal, devoted fan of this show right now and 2) I'm sure the Q&A is going to be much hotter now that everyone's seen the show and fans are super-duper invested. HBO: please pull a SciFi Channel for us and post THE ENTIRE PANEL the week after con, kthxbai! (TRUE BLOOD 5:15, Ballroom 20; Kevin Smith 5:15 Hall H; Pop Candy Meetup 5-8pm Hilton)

[this seems to overlap with the TRUE BLOOD sponsored Masquerade
party events...but hell, what good is SDCC if you can't party-hop
in your Eric The Viking costume?]

Now at this point in this day's schedule, ANY SANE CONGOER would probably collapse into a pile of slime. But just for argument's sake (and because I won't be there and can agreggate from every crazy frakker who goes on for the rest of the night), let's say you were not done yet:

MAKE YOUR VAMPIRE TROIKA WEEKEND COMPLETE: get yourself to the screening of new show pilot THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and stay to watch the fangirls devolve into drooling animals over Ian Somerhalder! Yum! (5:55, Room 6BCF)

GET A FEW MORE MINDLESS LAUGHS IN BEFORE DINNER: From what I hear, the VENTURE BROS panels are a wonderful addition to any NY or SD con. And often very very packed with cultists. (6:00, Room 6A)

I HAVE TWO WORDS FOR YOU: BLACK DYNAMITE. This flick killed at Sundance...doesn't seem like they are screening the whole film at SDCC but still -- Elvis Mitchell is gonna be there, at Comic Con? Holy frak. Bring your flask! (6:30, Room 5AB)

There is A TROMA STUDIOS ROAST at 6:30 at the Indigo Ballroom / Hilton Bayfront. This may be the one thing worth going off-site for before you go change into your Masquerade wear... Sure to be insanity. Again: bring your flask.

Also at the Hilton this evening at 8:00pm: very great news that Showtime is putting on a WEEDS panel with show creator Jenji Kohan and castmembers Hunter Parrish (Silas) and Justin Kirk (Andy). Let's all pray for a surprise visit from Kevin Nealon... So hell, why not bring the whole bottle and hang over at the Hilton for this evening!?

Also tonight...a live screening of the Director's Cut of WATCHMEN with Zack Snyder. And if you're not in San Diego that night? Check it out:


Wow, Sunday is Kids Day at the con, and the pickings for us adult geeks are pretty slim. Mainly what I'll be looking for on Sunday is the TORCHWOOD panel. There is a panel at 1:30 for the good silly campy fun of ALIEN TRESPASS; and for those of you Whedonites who are attending con, SDCC once again is going out in style this year with an early-evening ONCE MORE WITH FEELING sing-a-long. All of these events are in Ballroom 20... then it's adieu, sweet Comic Con.

Oh, but there is one more sweet thing to do in San Diego this weekend: